The mission of the St. Joseph County Great Start Collaborative is to engage the entire community to assure a coordinated system of services and resources to assist families in providing a great start for their children from birth through age five.

October 11. 2014 Michigan Inspirations Seminar Series 2014 – 2015

The first of three presentations for this year will explore the Twelve Best Practices for Early Education.  We are delighted to welcome Ann Lewin-Benham who literally “wrote the book” on the subject! Author/Educator Ann Lewin-Benham founded and directed the Model Early Learning Center (MELC) in Washington, DC […]

Tim Bartik’s New Book: From Preschool to Prosperity

My second book on early childhood programs is available as of September 15, 2014. This book is entitled From Preschool to Prosperity: The Economic Payoff to Early Childhood Programs. This book is available free as a pdf file, at a nominal price ($0.99) on various e-book platforms, and at a […]

September 23, 2014, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. WEB Conference: How Families, Schools, and Communities Are Reshaping Family Engagement to Reach All Learners

How can families, schools, and community organizations — like afterschool programs, museums, and libraries, to name just a few — join together to share responsibility for children’s learning throughout days and over years? To explore this question, we invite you to participate in an upcoming web conference, How […]

November 3, 2014 TLC Special Presentations

TLC is pleased to offer two special presentations in November: Trauma-Informed Mindfulness and Trauma-Informed Schools. They are being held at the same time, so you can only attend one. Monday, Nov. 3 8:30 a.m – 3:45 p.m This presentation will focus on trauma-informed mindfulness activities for children […]

NIEER Blog Update

As children, teachers, and families settle into new school years, NIEER/CEELO Assistant Research Professor Shannon Riley-Ayers reflects in a new post on what young children deserve in their educational lives to put them on track for success in their early education career and their learning down the road All young children […]

National Association for the Education of Young Children (naeyc) for families

This monthly newsletter delivers highlights from families.naeyc.org, research-based information on children’s learning that families can trust. Click here for more information.